Spend the first part of your degree in Dundee, Scotland, to build your skills and knowledge in cutting-edge biology theory and techniques before attending the National University of Singapore (ranked No.1 university in Asia and No.11 in the world, QS Rankings 2019) for 18 months to complete your honours project. You'll gain valuable international experience as well as attending two of the world's best-known universities for biological and biomedical sciences.

You'll be making the most of each university’s strength in the field of biosciences. The course will provide a firm grounding in biological sciences and develop a complementary specialism in one of the following:

  • Genetic Medicine
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology and Ageing

Through skills training and research-led theory, you’ll build your confidence. You'll learn to be a self-reflective and critical thinker. In an international teaching environment, you’ll rise to tackle the challenges in this field using the latest methodologies and problem-solving techniques. There will be ample opportunity to network, collaborate, and shape your career.

You will graduate with an appreciation of different cultures and an understanding of the global aspects of life sciences research and application.

From day one, you will be enrolled at both the University of Dundee and the National University of Singapore. This means you can start collaborating and sharing experiences with your Singaporean counterparts and get access to the services of each university. You will travel abroad to study in Singapore after you have completed semester 1, level 3.

World-class research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, the University of Dundee was ranked no.1 in the UK for the quality of its biological sciences research.

Degree flexibility

We designed the course with flexibility in mind. It gives you time to explore and develop a deep understanding of biological and biomedical sciences.

At the end of semester 1 in level 3, you will choose your specialisation from Genetic medicine, Neurobiology or Physiology and ageing.

How you will be taught

  • lectures
  • practicals
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • computer-based learning
  • media/video exercises

The University of Dundee achieved 100% student satisfaction for Biology.

National Student Survey (2017)

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course assignments. Regular assessments, such as practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises, provide feedback on your progress and help prepare you for end-of-module exams.

Online assignments are used at levels 1 and 2, many suited to access on or off campus. Peer assessment is used to promote teamwork and group learning.


You’ll develop as an effective communicator and have ample opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills: IT, information sourcing, evaluations, problem-solving, team-working and project management. You’ll also get an appropriate understanding of ethical and regulatory issues.

Our graduates find employment in a wide variety of destinations related to biomedicine and healthcare, including:

  • research in universities, research institutes and the pharmaceutical industry
  • teaching in schools, colleges and universities
  • graduate entry to a degree in medicine or dentistry

The scientific training and problem-solving skills you’ll gain are highly valued in other areas, such as:

  • government research institutes
  • pharmaceutical, biotechnology & food industries
  • academic research & teaching

What do our students go on to do?

  • wildlife management MSc
  • medical science writer
  • investment banking in life science stocks
  • PhD
  • business technology consulting
  • production assistant at BBC
  • monitoring officer for the International Organisation for Migration (Somalia)
  • international big-pharma research (USA)

Our Global Reputation

  • Royal Society of Biology Accreditation for all Biological and Biomedical Sciences BSc Hons degree programmes.
  • No.1 in the UK for overall student satisfaction for Biology degrees NSS 2017
  • In the world’s top 100 for Biological Sciences in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • No.1 in the UK and 26 in the world for research impact on global innovation (Nature Index 2017)
  • Ranked no.1 biology department in the UK in the National Student Survey 2016
    • Staff are good at explaining things
    • Staff are enthusiastic
    • The course is intellectually stimulating
    • Plus, all four learning resources criteria

Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
GCE A-Level ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C / 4 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
BTEC BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences. Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus Ordinary Level mathematics at O2 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 / National 5 (grade C) Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Advanced Diploma Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C / 4 Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry Level 2 entry is not possible to this course
Other Qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non-EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5
Program taught in:
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Last updated May 13, 2019
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